24 South Bay Accent
The boisterous barking mascots of the
pier first arrived in droves shortly after
the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Enjoy Sea Lion Encounter Walking
Tours, refreshments, special
discounts and more. Free. Pier 39,
San Francisco. 415/705-5500.
Lewis Black. Jan. 19, 8 p.m. If
there were ever a time for fiery, finger
stabbing political rants, it’s
now. And few do it better than
Lewis Black, whose belligerent,
profanity-laced satire has made
him an indelible voice on the comedy
scene since he debuted on “The Daily
Show” over two decades ago. He’ll be
singing to the choir in the heart of the
city. Tickets $39-$379. The Masonic, 1111
California St., San Francisco. 415/776-7457.
Harlem Globetrotters. Jan. 20, 1 p.m., and
Jan. 21, 12 p.m. In celebration of their 93rd
anniversary, the Globetrotters bring their jawdropping
blend of athletic precision and razzle
Peppa Pig Live!, Dec. 13, City National Civic, San Jose
dazzle showmanship to the South Bay.
A roster of favorites—including a trio of
female players—will take to the hardwood.
Joining the Globetrotters, the Flying Globies
dunk team will wow crowds with sky-high
trampoline stunts. Ticket prices vary. SAP
Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose.
Kelly Clarkson. Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Powerhouse
vocalist and ballad belter Kelly Clarkson
sweeps into the Bay Area as part of her
“Meaning of Life Tour,” named after her
recent album, released in 2017. Kelsea Ballerini
and Brynn Cartelli, who
won the latest season of “The
Voice” as a member of Team Kelly, will serve
as opening acts on the jaunt. Ticket prices
vary. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland.
Noir City: The San Francisco Film Noir
Festival. Jan. 25-Feb. 3, times vary. Billed as
10 thrilling days of “art, madness and murder,”
Noir City’s flagship film festival returns
to its home at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre
for its 17th edition. This year’s cinematic
lineup will be unveiled at Noir City Xmas on
Dec. 19 at the Castro. Ticket prices vary. Castro
Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco.
Elton John. Jan. 19, 8 p.m. After more than
half a century on the road and an unparalleled
career that has redefined the cultural landscape
and seen Elton John claim his place as a true
global icon, the superstar is delighting fans
with his final tour called “Farewell Yellow Brick
Road.” Ticket prices vary. SAP Center, 525 W.
Santa Clara St., San Jose. 800/745-3000.
Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show. Jan.
26-27, times vary. The Golden Gate Kennel
Club All-Breed Dog Show features a
fashion show, agility demonstrations and
beautiful breeds. This event draws a big
crowd of canine enthusiasts, from professional
breeders and handlers to casual dog
lovers. Ticket prices vary. Cow Palace, 2600
Geneva Ave., Daly City. 415/404-4111.
Whalefest Monterey. Jan.
26-27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This
ninth annual event celebrates the
migration of the gray whales and
benefits several local and national
marine organizations. Enjoy
lectures, films, live music,
kids’ activities and interactive
Free. Old Fisherman’s Wharf, 1
Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey.
Music & Dance
Pagliacci. Through Dec. 2, times vary.
The saga of a jilted lover and a jealous husband,
Opera San Jose’s “Pagliacci” tells the
tale of Canio, the leader of a traveling troupe.
Canio is the clown who must laugh, and make
others laugh, while masking his grief after
learning that his wife Nedda has betrayed
him with another man. Ticket prices vary.
California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose.
Lights & Music: Ren’s 4th Annual Winter
Wonderland. Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
The stellar jazz singer Ren Geisick returns to
the stage for her fourth annual “Ren’s Winter
Wonderland Show.” Enjoy holiday favorites
and new classics to kick off the most wonderful
time of the year. Since this concert always
sells out, this year we’re holding two shows.
Tickets $17-$22. City Lights Theater, 529 S.
Second St., San Jose. 408/295-4200.
Bad Influence Burlesque. Dec. 4, 8 p.m.
This risqué review brings best of local burlesque
talent to the stages of the South Bay.
Bad Influence Burlesque offers a diverse cast
of local and international burlesque and
boylesque performance artists, dance troupes,
drag kings and queens, circus artists and stunning
vocalists. Tickets $15. Improv San Jose,
62 S. Second St., San Jose. 408/244-7469.
Cool Yule. Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. The San Jose
State University Jazz Orchestra jazzes up the
holidays with a concert featuring the festive
sounds of Bing Crosby, Vince Guaraldi,
Frank Sinatra and more. Directed by Grammy
Award-winning baritone saxophonist and
composer Aaron Lington, SJSU music majors’
unique spin on holiday classics is sure to put
audiences in a mellow holiday mood. Tickets
$13-$21. Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo
de San Antonio, San Jose. 408/924-8501.
Jake Shimabukuro. Dec. 4, 8 p.m.
Renowned for his fast finger work, Shimabukuro
is a Hawaiian-born American ukulele
virtuoso. Already popular in Hawaii and
BOTTOM: RYAN McGINLEY
Justin Timberlake, Dec. 5, Oracle Arena, Oakland